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Cotswold Life EMI Awards Winners 2015

PUBLISHED: 15:56 21 September 2015 | UPDATED: 12:02 22 September 2015

Cotswold Life EMI Awards 2015

Cotswold Life EMI Awards 2015

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400 guests packed Cheltenham Town Hall to celebrate the successful first Cotswold Life Engineering, Manufacturing, Innovation Awards

The inaugural Cotswold Life Engineering, Manufacturing, Innovation (EMI) Awards celebrated and supported a thriving industry across Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.

Over 400 people packed into Cheltenham Town Hall on September 17 to hear one of the UK’s most prominent manufacturing authorities, Professor Lord Bhattacharyya, Chairman of WMG, speak on successfully building up Britain’s manufacturing base and how the Cotswold Life EMI Awards had revealed the huge amount of successful manufacturing happening across the region. He said: “I can go back to the House of Lords and tell them that The Cotswolds isn’t just hills and stone walls, it’s a hub of manufacturing.”

With over 100 entries, the manufacturing and engineering community embraced the awards and each entry offered an impressive insight into what’s really going on across the sector. The judging panel was impressed with the quality of innovation within Cotswold companies, all contributing to the UK’s economy.

Compèred by BBC Apprentice winner, Lee McQueen, who now runs his own Oxfordshire-based business Raw Talent Academy, 26 finalists were present at the awards evening alongside guests and representatives from many of the UK’s most prominent manufacturing and business support organisations. These included WMG, the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), Innovate UK, the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), MAS, IOD, Business West, Diamond Light Source, Catapult, UKTI and many more.

The awards programme was supported by Cotswold businesses, including headline sponsor BPE Solicitors, associate sponsor Lloyds Banking Group and event partner Oasis Events. Each Cotswold Life EMI Award winner survived two rigorous rounds of judging.


Best Start-up Company

Sponsored by Gloucestershire County Council


PowerFlow Energy Ltd, Gloucester


Insphere Ltd, Berkeley

Sibling Distillery, Cheltenham

Sustainable Manufacturing Award

Sponsored by Lockton Companies


Premiere Kitchens, Gloucester


Green Fuels Ltd, Cheltenham

Kohler Mira Ltd, Cheltenham

Award for Educational Partnership

Sponsored by Gloucestershire Engineering Training


Renishaw, Wotton-under-Edge


Crowcon Detection Instruments, Milton Park, Oxfordshire

Xylem Dewatering Solutions, Quenington

Apprentice of the Year

Sponsored by Gloucestershire College


Joe Langley, Corin Group, Cirencester


Roisin McGrath, GE Aviation, Cheltenham

Sam Howells, L-3 TRL Technology, Tewkesbury

Employee of the Year

Sponsored by Omega Resource Group


Charlie Fryer, Arc Energy Resources Ltd, Stonehouse


Matthew Chapman, Fabric Architecture, Gloucester

Adam Payne, GE Aviation, Cheltenham

Exporter of the Year

Sponsored by Isaac Partnership


Prima Dental, Gloucester


Freeman Technology, Tewkesbury

Pashley Cycles, Stratford-upon-Avon

Smart Product Award

Sponsored by Hardware Group


Advanced Insulation Ltd, Gloucester: MS400 system


Corin Group, Cirencester: TriFit TS™

L-3 TRL Technology, Tewkesbury: IGUANABlue

Best Research & Development Project

Sponsored by Hazlewoods


AGD Systems, Cheltenham: ‘342’ intelligent radar


Spirax Sarco, Cheltenham: Spirax TurboPower

Versarien plc, Forest of Dean: Commercialisation of graphene

2015 Manufacturing Genius

Sponsored by Bruton Knowles


Neill Ricketts, Versarien plc, Forest of Dean


Peter Efford, Waterless Ltd, Stroud

Technology Innovation of the Year Award

Sponsored by Oxford Brookes University


Delphi Diesel Systems, Stonehouse: F2 fuel injection system


Advanced Insulation Ltd, Gloucester: MS400 system

Waterless Ltd, Stroud: Waterless shampoo & soap

CEO of the Year

Sponsored by QuoLux


Daniel Bee, OrthoD, Bourton-on-the-Water


Andrew Hopcraft, Omega Engineering Services Ltd, Cheltenham

Neill Ricketts, Versarien plc, Forest of Dean

Manufacturer of the Year 2015

Sponsored by Glantus


Kohler Mira Ltd, Cheltenham


Arc Energy Resources Ltd, Stonehouse

Poeton Industries, Gloucester

For more information visit: emiawards.cotswoldlife.co.uk

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